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  • From Bach to Blues, Flamenco to Folk, the Society provides guitar enthusiasts with unique opportunities to hear and play the guitar in intimate settings throughout Connecticut.

    The Connecticut Guitar Society is a non-profit presenting arts organization. It is the largest organization of its kind serving the general public and classical guitarists by providing a forum for listening, learning, performing and teaching.

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  • Final Concert of the 2019-2020 Season Postponed

  • Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble
    Saturday, April 18, 2020

  • Rescheduled to November 2020

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    The Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble is one of the best Flamenco fusion groups in the United States. Established in 1994, the group features the unique talents of: Val Ramos, Flamenco Guitarist and Musical Director; Jose R. Ramos, Flamenco Guitarist; Alfonso Cid, Flamenco Singer and Flutist; Yohanna Escamilla, Flamenco Dancer; Tere Luna, Vocalist; Carlos Hernandez Chavez, Bassist; and Nestor Prieto, Percussionist.

    Hailed as “the best of classical Flamenco brought to modern standards” (Rootsworld.com), “a hidden treasure of the Flamenco world in the Americas…superb musicianship..” (Flamenco Connection), and “simply brilliant” (Flamenco Buzz.com) this outstanding musical group represents the best of contemporary Flamenco music, song, and dance.

    The Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble has released three albums of original Flamenco music and song, all on the PIRAM Records label–Por mi camino (2001), Boricuas Flamencos (1998), and Olive Green Eyes (1995). The ensemble has been featured in major international music festivals including the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, the Regattabar Spring Jazz Festival, the Litchfield Jazz Festival, the Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series, Summerwind Concert Series, and the Guitar Under the Stars Festival. In July 2005, the ensemble toured Spain under the auspices of the United States Embassy in Spain...

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  • 2019-2020 Concert Season

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    Alturas Duo <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Saturday, September 14, 2019</font>

    This program is a special event; it is a performance of a new work by the esteemed American composer Dr. Gwyneth Walker, who lives in Connecticut. This new work, Close to Home: Sounds of New England, was commissioned by Alturas Duo as part of its Vox Americana project with funding from New Music USA and support from the Connecticut Guitar Society. In reference to her piece, the composer has [...]

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    Guitar Day 2019! <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Saturday, October 19, 2019</font>

    A full day devoted to Guitar with workshops in classical, jazz, Brazilian styles, sight-reading, open stage, CGS Ensemble performance, luthier demo and plenty of guitar comradery. Guitar Day 2019 is an event sponsored by the Connecticut Guitar Society, the activities are open to the general public and guitar enthusiasts. Join us for a complete day of workshops and a performance by fingerstyle [...]

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    Joe Carter Intercontinental Trio <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Saturday, October 19, 2019</font><br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.50em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold; color: #818386&quote;>Guitar Master Series Concerts supported by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation</font>

    The Trio performs the music of Brazilian guitarist, Roberto Baden Powell de Aquino aka Baden Powell (1937- 2000), long recognized as one of the most important guitarists in Brazilian music history. He combined classical techniques with popular harmony and swing. He performed in many styles, including bossa nova, samba, Choro, Brazilian jazz and música popular brasileira. Special emphasis [...]

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    Raphaël Feuillâtre<br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Sunday, November 3, 2019</font>

    Born in 1996, Raphaël Feuillâtre starts classical guitar lessons at the age of nine with Hacène Addadi at Cholet Conservatory. In 2012, he enters Michel Grizard’s class at the Conservatory of Nantes. Three years later, he is accepted to Paris National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance (CNSMDP) into the class of Roland Dyens and obtains his Bachelor of Performing Arts[...]

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    Hot Club of Black Rock<br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Saturday, November 23, 2019</font><br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.50em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold; color: #818386&quote;>Guitar Master Series Concerts supported by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation</font>

    Paying homage to Django Reinhardt. The Hot Club of Black Rock plays hot swing, or jazz manouche, the kind of jazz that was popular in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s. Think the Moulin Rouge, or a cafe at four in the morning. Guitar (R) - William Earley William attended Naugatuck Community College, where he studied with Joe Beck (Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra) and later pursued guitar at the Musicians [...]

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    Doug Maher Duo<br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Sunday, January 19, 2020</font>

    Doug Maher is originally from Windsor, CT. He has over 40 years of experience as a professional guitarist performing throughout New England, Washington, D.C. and South Florida. He began his career with "The Army Blues," the Jazz Ensemble of the U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C. performing at The White House and in concert throughout the United States. Doug is currently the Adjunct Instructor of [...]

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    Eric Elias<br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Sunday, February 9, 2020</font>

    Eric Elias is one of America's outstanding young guitarists. Whether performing as a soloist or with small combos, Eric's music represents a blend of jazz, blues, and folk music. He has been described as having a folk and worldmusic sound with a "straight ahead" style. Touring experience has taken Elias from London to Toronto and across the eastern and central United States, playing at clubs and [...]

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    Mark Nomad<br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Sunday, March 1, 2020</font><br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.50em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold; color: #818386; line-height:0.85em&quote;>Guitar Master Series Concerts supported by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation</font>

    MARK NOMAD’S music has been heard on radio stations all over the world and has been used in commercials and in film. Nomad’s blues have been tempered by years of living and experience; expressed by the plaintive cry of a bottleneck on acoustic guitar or the driving funk of his electric band. The Nomad moniker was born in Chicago when he sat in with the Jimmy Johnson Band at B.L.U.E.S. [...]

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